Care Homes and Dementia Friendly DesignsAugust 25, 2014
Taking the time to create a caring and thoughtful environment can help make life much easier for care home residents.
As we grow older, we can begin to experience certain impairments and can develop mental illnesses, such as dementia, that require a certain level of support and care.
Part of offering this care is to design and create the right environment for the elderly that is tailored to meet their needs. With the correct colour scheme, lighting and design, dementia sufferers can experience a better quality of life. So here’s some useful information about how to style your care home interiors to cater for residents who suffer from dementia.
When it comes to colour, it’s all about contrast. Contrasting colours is a dementia-friendly way to navigate residents around a room better. It’s common to paint the toilet door and seat a different colour so they are easier to locate. Contrasting strips along the edges can also help keep residents safer, highlighting any steps or corners.
Avoid patterned wallpaper or carpets, especially in areas where people will be walking. The busy patterns can cause confusion and unsteadiness which could lead to a fall.
It’s a fact that when we reach the age of 75, our perception of light decreases and we need twice as much light as normal standards would recommend. Therefore, it is important that higher lighting levels are apparent. Throughout the day, daylight provides the best quality of light and excellent colour rendition. When it turns dark, try to use more ‘domestic’ style lights, utilising lamp shades rather than spot lights that can make faces look aggressive and give off glare. Wall lights brighten the ceiling, making the space look larger and more uplifting.
Make sure curtains and tracks extend well beyond the window to let in as much light as possible. Again, heavily patterned curtains should be avoided and blinds can be used in conjunction with curtains to help reduce as much glare as possible.
In communal lounge areas, try to provide an array of different furniture, such as various shaped and sized chairs. This way, you can be sure to accommodate for many different needs while providing ultimate comfort.
Understanding these needs and designing a living space that caters for them can provide your residents with the correct care and support they need, so they can go forwards with confidence in their own abilities.
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